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    Low cost printing

    I have someone local wanting to sell some of my prints. Where is a good place to get inexpensive printing done. Not high quality like I normally do so need to keep the cost down.


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    Re: Low cost printing

    Some Sam's Clubs, and almost all Costcos... I'm shocked you don't print your own.

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    Re: Low cost printing

    I've not heard good things about Sam's/Walmart printing, but have heard good things about Costco. Or do something like Millers/Mpix or Nations ... if ordering several prints at once the shipping will balance out.

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    Re: Low cost printing

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Some Sam's Clubs, and almost all Costcos... I'm shocked you don't print your own.
    I was in Photo Processing for many years on a grand scale. Printing my own now cost me a lot more than having it done. I end up working to color balance the paper and prints over and over till I get it like I want. Not cost effective.

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    Re: Low cost printing

    I've heard good things about Costco but haven't yet tried them. I use Walmart for 11x14 and 20x30 but seldom anything smaller. If I remember correctly, the smaller prints weren't glossy which is what I wanted. I wasn't impressed with the smaller paper--it was some type of blah matte. But for the larger sizes I mentioned, they've been great. For the larger sizes, they use an Epson printer...I believe it's the same printer as my local camera store uses. For the smaller photos, they use a different printer although I don't know if it is Epson or something else. The other printer can't print the large posters sizes.

    Be sure to inquire about types of paper used no matter where you go.

    I tried Walgreens once...it was much better than Walmart for smaller prints. However, the problem I experienced is one side of my prints was cut off by a small amount. It happened to cut off the number on a building which was important. The number was close to the edge, but there was still room that it printed fine on my printer at home. They had no idea why because the entire image was visible on their computer screen.
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    Re: Low cost printing

    My Costco does an outstanding job. You can download the printer profile for your local Costco from Dry Creek Photo which means soft-proofing that is spot-on. Learning to use that printer profile was a game-changer for me... No more guesswork and fantastic results.
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    Re: Low cost printing

    My Dad swore by Sam's club. He was always happy with their prints.
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    Re: Low cost printing

    I think I will just keep by goto. I have had great luck with them in the past and their basic prints are very reasonable.
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    Re: Low cost printing

    I use Nations for my business printing. I bulk up when they have sales, $1 8x10 and $2 11x14. I choose no color correction so no alterations are made. Between all sizes, I probably order 800-1000 prints a year from them with very few issues.
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    Re: Low cost printing

    I have all of my client printing done through Nations Photo Lab. They do an excellent job and are very reasonable. If you are going to sell your prints, why would you not want to have the highest quality? You don't want your name associated with poor quality printing.
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